CMI’s investment in cutting-edge technology and highly specialized coils gives us the ability to reach beyond the standard of routine imaging.
Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI)
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is one of the most common and devastating types of traumatic brain injury occurring in cases of severe head trauma. It is also increasingly recognized to be an important factor in moderate and mild traumatic brain injury.
Susceptibility Weighted Imaging is a new MRI sequence that relies on the magnetic susceptibility of tissues or compounds in the brain, such as iron-rich Hemosiderin, which is a byproduct of hemorrhage. Because of the Blood Brain Barrier, Hemosiderin deposits remain in the brain for a very long time after the initial trauma, SWI has been shown in several studies and in clinical application to be much more sensitive in detecting microhemorrhages than conventional methods, such as T2*-gradient echo (including 3 Tesla imaging).
Whether a casual fitness enthusiast, a weekend warrior or a high performance athlete, the risk of a sports related injury is an unfortunate reality. If you have such an injury CMI will quickly and accurately diagnose the problem and start you on the road to recovery.
Why MRI instead of X-ray or CT?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a vital diagnostic tool in the assessment of sports injury. While both x-ray and CT (computed tomography) are relied upon in the acute setting (in the hours after injury) and are useful for the detection of fractures and the immediate assessment of head injury, there are recognized limitations to their utility with respect to the evaluation of soft tissue injury. In addition, both CT and x-ray expose the patient to potentially harmful ionizing radiation.
What are the clinical advantages of MRI for a sports related injury?
MRI is one of the most powerful, non-invasive techniques in diagnostic medicine.
The sensitivity and specificity of MRI allows for the identification of very subtle abnormalities in soft tissue of the body including ligaments, tendons, bone and cartilage.
Examples of injuries diagnosed with MRI include:
- Ligament tears
- Cartilage tears
- Bone bruises
- Muscle strains/tears
- Traumatic brain injury/concussion
One of the many advantages of MRI is its ability to identify and localize problems at a much earlier stage of development, due to its increased sensitivity to differences among tissues. The appropriate treatment can therefore begin sooner, with greater certainty, resulting in more favourable outcomes and fewer complications.
Why choose CMI for your sports injury related MRI?
At CMI, we use state of the art, high field (1.5 Tesla), open-bore technology allowing for advanced imaging with maximum patient comfort.
Not all MRI’s are created equal. The importance of utilizing such advanced technology, combined with specific protocols and sequences, supported by radiologists who specialize in the area of the body being imaged cannot be overstated. This critical combination offers you and your referring practitioner the diagnostic confidence you require and deserve.
At CMI, your MRI will be scheduled immediately. Your rapid access to our sophisticated technology will ensure that decisions concerning possible surgical or medicinal intervention can be made quickly and accurately, which will help you on your road to recovery.
Whole Body Preventative Screening
Over the last 7 years CMI has provided a Whole Body preventative screening service. During that time, we made a concerted effort to explain the limitations of screening exams, in particular not only what the exam can detect, but of equal importance, what it cannot easily detect. Unfortunately, we have found that confusion often arises with patients as to what the result of the scan actually mean, and in our view, too often the patient takes comfort from the results about issues the test was not designed to evaluate.
In the circumstances and given our continuing goal to put patients first, we feet that it is no longer appropriate to offer this service. If you are interested in learning more about our rationale behind discontinuing this test, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.